Hunter rescued after fall from Penn Hills tree stand
Penn Hills emergency responders dealt with rugged terrain and the setting sun while responding to a hunting injury last week in a wooded area.
Penn Hills fire departments, police, EMS and Plum EMS rescued a 38-year-old man who fell between 20 and 30 feet from a tree stand while hunting. He was transported to UPMC Presbyterian by helicopter on Nov. 11.
Diane Fitzhenry, Penn Hills EMS supervisor, said a call came in at about 4:15 p.m. that a hunter was injured about one mile into a wooded area off of Dalecrest Road.
The hunter used a walkie talkie to inform his friend when he fell, police Chief Howard Burton said.
The location made it more difficult to transport the patient in a timely fashion, Fitzhenry said, but weather worked in the patient’s favor.
“This guy was pretty lucky,” Fitzhenry said.
“The weather was relatively warm, so he didn’t have to worry about hypothermia.”
Burton and Fitzhenry said it was unclear who owned the land where the man was hunting.
“The take-home lesson here is that if at all possible, always have a buddy with you,” Fitzhenry said.
She also encouraged hunters to keep communication devices on them and to dress warmly.
Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7845 or [email protected].